Natl Lib Wk 2017- Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship

Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship - cover

ALB Celebrates National Library Week 2017 with  some library themed choices.

Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship
Josey and Peeples

Submitter: It always exciting to see librarian career guides at my local public library. I am always talking up our career to people who would make great librarians. So it’s good to have books that better help people understand what we do. Sadly, this is not one of them. All this represents is why it’s important to weed your career section. I am attaching the punch card I found in the back of the book. Those were all removed in the 1990’s, so it’s pretty cool to see. Who remembers those!?

Holly: Fantastic book for the 70s, and worth updating if possible to reflect diversity in librarianship. This belongs in a library that collects on the history of librarianship. It cites the 1970 census, for goodness’ sake. That was FOUR censuses ago!



Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship - table of contents

Opportunities for Minorities in Librariaship - Introduction

Opportunities for Minorities in Librariaship - Introduction

Native Americans and Librarianship

Opportunities for Minorities in Librarianship - punch card


  1. I used run an education job information center. My staff and I weeded the collection to make sure such books did not remain on the shelves more than two to three years after the publishing date. A few years ago I was weeded the basement storage collection in our central library and had so much fun looking at and then tossing the entire library science collection stored there. Nobody had looked at it for years. Not only were there career guides but lots of how to run your library manuals, reports and other fun things. This stuff was covered in dust and is near perfect Dewey order.
    One benefit of this mass weeding- we now have an collection of the check out book cards going back years.

  2. Those old Scarecrow Press editions were notable for their uniformly dull design. “If we use this typeface for 40 years we’ll get our money’s worth!” “Cover art? We don’t need no stinkin’ cover art!”

  3. I was pleased to see Dr. Josey’s name. He taught at the library school I went to (Pitt), and while I didn’t have him as a prof., the Library School was small enough that everyone pretty much knew everyone else at least by sight and from get-togethers like the weekly wine-and-cheese parties. 🙂 And main library at Pitt (HIllman Library) used the Hollerith cards for checking-out books the whole time I was an undergrad as well as when I was in grad school. So this book brings back some memories. But, yeah, OLD memories. Definitely outdated except, as someone mentioned, for historical purposes. And, as Nann added, Scarecrow’s publishing ethic was *not* oriented toward beautiful design, but toward making their works inexpensive. (I was a bit surprised to see it in hardback, actually!)

    1. Lois, the last time I saw Dr. Josey was at Midwinter in Philadelphia (2010??). Kareem Abdul-Jabar was the speaker. E.J. was escorted in. Jabar didn’t know him but he recognized (from the audience reaction) that this elderly man was someone important. OTOH, two younger librarians were on one side of me. They didn’t know E.J., either, and asked, “Who is he?” The woman on my other side (whom I did not know) and I simultaneously told them. 🙂

    1. Isn’t Latino the preferred term now? It’s been years since I’ve heard Chicano (I’m a gringo)

      1. That’s a little like telling the Swedes and the Norwegians they are all Scandinavians.
        Seriously, I lived in a neighborhood where the rival gangs were Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.
        Puerto Ricans: We don’t need no stinking green cards, man. Mess with us and we’ll send you back to your own country.
        Mexicans: Well, at least we come from a country. Puerto Rico is just a island Commonwealth.

    2. Sure–in the same way that black is mutually exclusive with white. If you have one Mexican parent and one Puerto Rican parent, you have to make a choice. (I hope nobody thought that “Chicano” was a generic term, equivalent to Latino or Hispanic.)

  4. The table of contents makes it look as if the book is really about “How you can be your library’s token insert-name-of-minority-here”. Brrr.

  5. “minorities still suffer the crippling disease of racism”
    I know what they’re trying to say here but the way they put it makes it sound like they’re saying the minorities are racist.

  6. Can I just take a moment and be depressed that this intro could be cut and paste into a book today and would not be dated at all.

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